Video Monday: Axe Edge Geometry & Performance Considerations

Hello, my friend and welcome back! Last week we had part one of “Keeping it sharp in an SHTF world.” , and part two will be out this week as well.  Keeping this in mind, I found a good little video on the different angles used on Axe’s and why.  Take a look and hopefully, it will help you get a better understanding of why the angle you sharpen any knife or tool is so important.  Now grab a cup of coffee my friend and have a seat while we visit.



Well, that’s it for today and I hope you have learned something helpful.  Now remember to keep an eye out for the second part of last weeks post, it should be out Wednesday.  Until next time my friend, stay safe, stay strong and stay prepared.  God Bless America!


3 thoughts on “Video Monday: Axe Edge Geometry & Performance Considerations”

  1. Sarge, I neglected to mention in my first post on axes and hatchets, but does the chap who made the video you posted discuss tools to use to create the sharpened edges?
    I know he made mention of having used a grinder which can cause the “hollow ground” effect due to the curvature of the rotating grinding wheel but what about touching on the type or types of files or rough/fine stones to maintain such edges?
    For instance, I use a “bastard” file to put a good, if rugged, edge on my axe and file, but what would be appropriate to made and keep a finer edge without having to carry a large number of files or stones in the field where weight and room would be of major concern?
    Obviously a more aggressive file will remove more metal and be needed to dress out larger nicks, but is there like a “combo” file that has an aggressive side AND a fine side to allow one to carry just the one tool instead of two or more?
    Thanks again for all the help, Sir.

    • Huggy,

      Here is a link to what I use: Axe Whetstone It fits in the palm of your hand and has a corse and Fine side. This thing will put a fine edge on your axe or hatchet for sure. I hope that answers your question my friend. 🙂

  2. That fellow has a plethora of axes or hatchets as I’ve come to know them as being called, doesn’t he?
    Good knowledge to have, as always and the video gives me information on how to properly sharpen my lowly two bigger cutting devices, mine being but one axe and one hatchet.
    The axe I use for chopping or felling larger trees or branches and the hatchet for smaller tasks such as making kindling wood for fires and such.
    I suppose one could use either or both for cutting open a large game animal, too, especially where you’d need to cut through larger bones prior to cutting into smaller pieces, remembering to keep the metal contact points as clean as possible to prevent the inclusion of material or debris you wouldn’t want in meats meant to be ingested for eating consumption.
    Thanks again, Sarge!


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